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Resolving disputes

Clients rarely choose to get involved in disputes, but inevitably sometimes things go wrong and it is essential to find a solution quickly and effectively. We have the breadth and depth of experience and expertise to resolve your problems, whether domestic or international.

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Our Expertise

Practical Solutions

Our commercial outlook allows us to take a proactive approach to helping clients achieve their goals. Getting to the heart of matters as quickly as possible and securing the best possible outcomes for our clients. We develop and execute clear strategies designed to achieve timely, practical solutions.

Alternatives

Often alternatives such as commercial mediation or alternative dispute resolution lend themselves to more timely and cost-effective solutions than litigation and we propose these options where appropriate. Furthermore by highlighting the preventative steps clients can take at an early stage we can help our clients avoid potentially time-consuming litigation in the future.

Innovative Funding

We are always willing to consider alternative methods of charging, for example capped fees for distinct parcels of work. We embrace discounted conditional fee agreements and third party funding where appropriate and have experience of running cases very successfully on this basis.

Using the Courts

We have extensive experience using the courts at all levels – County, High, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court – to advance our clients’ aims and have been involved in a number of high profile, multi-jurisdictional disputes.

International

Much of our work is international and we are highly skilled at co-ordinating litigation across several countries at a time. We are a member of TAGLaw, an international legal alliance with members in most jurisdictions around the world. We also have strong relationships with other leading firms around the world who have expertise in specialist areas. We can select the right overseas lawyer for each separate situation whom we are confident will provide the quality of legal advice, cultural understanding and client service that our clients expect from us.

Our Track Record

  • Security for costs: We successfully applied on behalf of our client for security for costs in proceedings brought against her in the sum of £1.2m. The Claimant's failure to comply with the security for costs order meant the claim was automatically struck out and the costs of the proceedings awarded to our client. Read more...

  • Non-party costs orders: We have recently successfully applied for non-party costs orders for two separate clients. Read more… 

  • Enforcement of EU Judgment: Acting on behalf of Mr Xavier Huertas in respect of a claim brought against him seeking a declaration that registration and recognition of a French Judgment would be manifestly contrary to public policy. We successfully obtained summary judgment against the Claimant and obtained a declaration that the French judgment be recognised and enforced in the English Courts. Read more…

  • Enforcement of English judgment: Acting for an individual in respect of a claim for the recovery of a £3million loan and unpaid interest on the loan. Obtaining default judgment in respect of the loan and applying for a charging order against shares in a BVI company beneficially owned by the defendant. The interim charging order was successfully obtained. However, the founder of the BVI company alleged that the beneficial interest in the shares vested with him and therefore that the interim charging order should be discharged. In response to these claims we sought a trial of the issue of the beneficial ownership which was ordered with the trial to take place within 3 months. This prompted matters to be resolved between the parties. 

  • Leading case on auctioneers' liability: We represented Mr Thwaytes in his professional negligence claim against Sotheby's. The claim arose out of Sotheby's research into and advice regarding a painting of 'The Cardsharps' ("the Painting"). The case was the most high profile art litigation of 2014 and of great importance in the field of art litigation/professional negligence. The Judgment developed this area of law and, in particular, the standard of care and duties owed by a leading auction house to their consigners. Read more...
  • Civil Fraud: Acting on behalf of a third party respondent to a Norwich Pharmacal Order in the JSC BTA Bank litigation which has been widely reported. The Bank initially obtained a wide ranging disclosure order against our client at a without notice hearing. At the return date we were subsequently able to limit the scope of the order and our client was entitled to his costs of complying with the order. Read more...

  • Financial Litigation: Acting on behalf of an Isle of Man indirect subsidiary (now in liquidation) of the collapsed Icelandic bank, Kaupthing hf in two concurrent high value (circa £500m) multi-jurisdictional, multi-party Chancery Division actions arising from competing claims to monies held in this jurisdiction, the US and the BVI following the sale of Somerfield Plc. Read more...

  • Enforcement of judgment by order of sale of £24m property in Knightsbridge: Successfully opposing applications to set aside two default judgments in the Chancery Division which we obtained on behalf of our client against the Defendant, who was a guarantor of a loan of £5m from our client which had not been repaid. The Defendant was ordered to pay the default judgment sums due plus interest totalling over £7m. Read more...

  • Enforcement of Foreign Judgments: Acting on behalf of Nikolay Glushkov in relation to a claim of approximately £15m brought by the Russian airline Aeroflot against Mr Glushkov and Boris Berezovsky. Read more...

  • Partnership Disputes: Successfully defending a claim brought against Ivor Farman by his former partner in Gradient Capital Partners LLP, Scott Pagel. Gradient Capital Partners LLP was a joint claimant with Mr Pagel. Read more...

  • Professional Negligence: Acting for private collectors, a brother and sister, in a claim against a leading auction house. The claim was for negligence and breach of duty as to the research carried out and advice provided to our clients relating to a painting sold by our clients in 1994 for £8,000 but offered for sale at auction in January 2009 with an estimate of $4-6 million. The proceedings were issued in 2007 but settled the day before trial. The case attracted extensive media interest on the basis of the Court papers.

  • Injunctions: Obtaining a freezing injunction over the assets of a Georgian judgment debtor (including properties, shares and funds held in his solicitors' client account) in respect of a debt for £6.8 million, in order to prevent the dissipation of the assets and obtaining full repayment of £2.5 million from the same debtor in separate proceedings.

  • Hotel Proprietors Act: Advising hotel guests on claims arising from burglaries at luxury hotel suites. Read more...

  • International: Working with teams around the world we have been involved in the full spectrum of litigation work in particular in seeking and defending applications for injunctions in France, Jersey and Germany. We have acted for US, Dutch, French, German and Scottish companies in substantial litigation in England and Wales.

  • Agrochemicals: Acting for an agrochemical company in relation to business-critical legal matters arising out of the EU review of pesticides and seeking, in particular, an extension to the deadline to submit Annex II data to the Pesticides Safety Directorate. Proceedings for judicial review were prepared but an extension of time was granted very shortly before they were to be issued. The same arguments were thereafter pursued with the Spanish, Portuguese and Italian regulatory authorities who also accepted the arguments and extended the deadline.

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240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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6 Grosvenor Street
London
W1K 4PZ

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
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6 Worcester Street
Oxford
OX1 2BX

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

Bankside Office

240 Blackfriars Road
London
SE1 8NW
DX 53 Chancery Lane

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7629 7411
Fax: +44 (0)20 7629 2621
Email: bh@boodlehatfield.com

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